Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Last Fighter Standing coming to e.tv from 25 July as a new 12-part mixed martial arts fighting reality show from Quinton van der Burgh.

e.tv is adding Last Fighter Standing (LFS) as a new 12-part mixed martial arts fighting reality show from 25 July.

Last Fighter Standing from Quinton van der Burgh share similarities with Colin Moss' 2010-series Way of the Warrior, with fighters from various martial arts disciplines who will fight their way through a series of challenges to be crowned the last fighter standing.

e.tv that recently added the Extreme Fighting Championships (EFC) back to its schedule, is adding Last Fighter Standing from Monday 25 July at 22:30.

Last Fighter Standing is mining mogul Quinton van der Burgh's third foray into TV production following on the heels of the two season reality series Clifton Shores and The Shores, as well as the Sharp Shooter photography documentary.

"We aren't holding back on any costs for the production of the reality show or the live entertainment on the actual fight nights," says Quinton van der Burgh.

"I believe there has been a lack in entertainment and production in mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting and we plan to rectify the matter by grabbing the bull by the horns and giving viewers something that they have never seen before."

Quinton van der Burgh plans to eventually make Last Fighter Standing a global show and to take it worldwide, leading to "the best fighters from around the world battling it out to announce the greatest fighter in the world".

For now Last Fighter Standing will be South African, with fighters from karate, kickboxing, Muay-Thai, Muay-Boran, MMA and others all competing for the prize money in elimination tournaments that will see one person in each division take the title of the best fighter in the country and crowned as the Last Fighter Standing champion in 2016.

"We are very please to bring Last Fighter Standing to our viewers," says Marlon Davids, the acting managing director for e.tv's channels division, "e.tv is known for our action-packed entertainment and this new fighting format is guaranteed to entertain and thrill our audiences."

Last Fighter Standing, sanctioned by the Martial Arts South Africa Pro Commission, will hold qualifying tournaments in several South African cities with male fighters from three weight categories Lightweight, Welterweight and Heavyweight; and one female division, Bantamweight who will compete in an 8-fighter elimination tournament.

 The winners that qualify at these provincial elimination tournaments will compete in the finals at the TicketPro Dome Johannesburg in October 2016.